Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

Summary: Sony has something to be proud of today. PlayStation 3 sales have surpassed 50 million units. The Move controller hasn't done too shabby either.

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Sony has something to be proud of today. PlayStation 3 sales have surpassed 50 million units. The Move controller hasn't done too shabby either.

That number was official as of March 29th and covers the globe. To clarify, the 50 million-unit figure refers to "sell-in numbers," which really refers to sales to retailers, not actually consumers. However, it can't be that far off and this is still a big success for Sony. It doesn't look like Sony will have to worry too much about this product, and its unlikely we'll see a PS4 anytime soon as Sony is focusing other gaming products such as Next Generation Portable and Xperia Play.

Also successful is the Move motion controller, which debuted last fall and got bundled up with the PS3 before the holidays. Sony has shipped over eight million Move units worldwide as of April 3rd. However, Microsoft might have this one beat when it comes to motion-based gaming as 10 million units of the Kinect for Xbox 360 had been sold worldwide by March.

Do you own a Sony PlayStation 3 and/or the Move motion controller? If not, do you plan to get one?

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  • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

    I've had my PS3 since 2007 and it has given me an unparalleled gaming experience ever since. That experience was made all the more engrossing once my wife and I got the Move controllers. We both have played a few games on the Wii and enjoyed them quite a bit. We both felt however, that the Move was much more accurate in terms of following movements.<br>Also it is worth noting that Killzone 3 with the Move is phenomenal!<br><br>Doomshock
    Doomshock
    • Taking the momentum lead

      Driven by better features and attractive price points PS3 reaches he 50M milestone only a copy of months after the XBox, which was released a year earlier. <br><br>PS3 global domination, with only in the US is the XBox dominant platform. <br><br>Yet another market where the momentum is moving away from MS. Their lack of innovation might have seen them get to market faster but it has long term consequences. Familiar story?
      Richard Flude
      • Someday a thread unrelated to Microsoft

        will pass without somebody insulting Microsoft. Not today, of course, but someday.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

        @goff256
        Sad thing is: the blog is not even accurate. If Sony reportedly had an active installed base of 43.4 million PS 3s at the end of 2010 in April of 2011 I highly doubt that they only sold 50 million (worldwide) to the distribution channel. I doubt the retailers worldwide have less than 7 million units.
        Rick_K
      • It probably isn't right

        I don't know whether Sony is under/over reporting.

        I was just bringing up that this thread really has nothing to do with Microsoft.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • PS3s growing market momentum

        Has no affect on their largest and nearest competitor? I guess growing sales for Macintosh has no relevance to flattening PC & windows sales, the growth of non-MS powered tablets and smartphones are no relevance to MS either;-)

        What a strange point of view!
        Richard Flude
      • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

        @goff256
        I was not even using Sony?s numbers, but numbers reported by the gaming industry. See my post lower in this blog for my sources. Multiple sources make the claim that there are 43.4 million active PS 3s in use by the end of 2010.
        Rick_K
      • Actually, Richard, not it doesn't

        People can own more than one console, and many do.

        So whether or not they own a PS3 or not has no bearing on whether or not they do have/will get a 360. One company's success has no bearing on another company. This isn't a zero-sum game.

        @Rick

        I believe the 43.2 million to be more accurate than 50 million.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

        @goff256
        Being the 43.4 million was as of January 1, 2011. I think that there is a possibility that there may well have been 8 million sold in the last 4 months. That would put Sony over 50 million sold to consumers. The key phrase I am referencing is <i> active install base </i>, which is units in consumers? houses.
        Rick_K
      • Many, can, ...

        Of course it has an affect on MS. Yes gamers can own both consoles, or may move from one to another, however this isn't everyone. Your claim owing one has no bearing on purchasing the other is ridiculous, this would require 100% owning both which isn't close to true.

        This is highlight by the regional difference.

        The trend towards grrowinh PS3 sales is of huge interest to MS and game developers. You're position gets even stranger.
        Richard Flude
      • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

        @Richard Flude

        Even if it is effecting Xbox Sales (which is debatable), that still doesn't say anything about Microsoft or a "lack of innovation". How is Sony being innovative? Their game system is basically a computer with a Blu Ray player. Nothing is innovative about this current generation of consoles, aside from the Wii.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • When wrong about one, move onto another

        So clearly has an impact. Now no innovation.

        Of the latest generation PS3 took the most risks. Blueray was a big gamble, and it's inclusion destroyed the competition (which the MS fanboys denies at the time). The added the Cell processor, a marked change from the past.

        The Xbox was nothing but a move to PPC from x86 ( an achievement for MS).

        Sure if you deny the innovations, ignore the competive realities of the market goff256 might be right about something. Sadly for him I'd stick with the don't mention MS failures denial approach.
        Richard Flude
      • Xbox 360 isn't a failure.

        -Sony put Blu-Ray in their system<br>And so did Blu-Ray players. Microsoft bet on the wrong pony with HD-DVD. But I wouldn't call either of them putting movie players in their system innovative.<br><br>-Cell Processor<br>Big risk, agreed<br><br>-Xbox didn't innovate at all<br>Neither did the PS3. You listed big risks, but nothing game-changing. Almost every game system had put a movie player with theirs for the last ten or so years. Sony just chose Blu-Ray<br><br>-Realities of the market<br>The realities of the market aren't that they're selling more because of innovation. They chose good technologies to put together, risked a lot, and won big. Not a single thing the PS3 has makes it any less of a computer.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • What's innovative in your world?

        "But I wouldn't call either of them putting movie players in their system innovative."

        The innovation was the media centre / entertainment push. MS backed a low cost, then internet approach. Sony a integrated HD player. Sony was much criticised at the time for the expense, however their strategy is now vindicated.

        "You listed big risks, but nothing game-changing."

        How can you take big risks without changing the game?

        Cell processor wasn't just a risk, it is an amazing chip architecture. It requires new programming techniques but also amazing capabilities.

        Bluray had a significant cost, however enabled the unit to drive the standard into many living rooms - killing MS's HD alternative in the wider home entertainment market (worth Billions). Sony pretty much bet the company on it.

        "Not a single thing the PS3 has makes it any less of a computer."

        I guess neither does a smartphone, tablet, supercomputer, desktop PC, VoIP phone, robot controllers, fly by wire systems, impact detection and avoidance systems, ...
        Richard Flude
      • What is innovative?

        In terms of video games
        -The Wiimote was innovative for its time
        -Kinect is innovative
        -Nintendo 64 expansion pack
        -Whatever was the first CD game
        -First cartridge game

        Innovative things, in my book, are things that are amazingly new.

        -I guess neither does a smartphone, tablet, supercomputer, desktop PC, VoIP phone, robot controllers, fly by wire systems, impact detection and avoidance systems, ...

        -Desktop computers? Not been innovative for a while.
        -Tablets and Smartphones? The only innovative things about them are the form and factor
        -Impact detection and Avoidance are innovation on basis of what they do.
        -Robot and fly by wire are in the same boat.

        PS3 does nothing new, and it isn't innovative. Sony didn't need to be innovative to make a good system. Not everything good is innovative and not everything innovative is good.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

        @Richard Flude <br>@ Mar 2011 Wii 86 million global sales. That's 72% more.<br><br><img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy"><br><br>Have Microsoft or Sony joined Nintendo in making any money/profit off the back of their hardware, or are both still loss-making money-pits...
        neil.postlethwaite
  • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

    O______o Sony reports are sales to retailers, not end users
    centurions83
    • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

      @centurions83
      <i>Sony reports are sales to retailers, not end users</i>

      You might want to check Microsoft?s numbers. Their numbers include warranty replacements. According to Microsoft they count units shipped, not actual sales to consumers.
      Rick_K
  • RE: Sony PlayStation 3 sales surpass 50 million units worldwide

    In other news the PS 3 is now #2 in worldwide marketshare.

    http://www.gamespy.com/articles/115/1159284p1.html
    <i>According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the PlayStation 3 has now surpassed the 43.4 million marker worldwide, putting it ahead of the Xbox 360 (42.9 million) for the first time.</i>



    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33854/Analysts_PS3_Passes_Xbox_360_Worldwide_Nintendo_Successor_Within_A_Year.php
    <i>...the active install base of PS3s reached 43.4 million at the close of 2010 versus Xbox 360's 42.9. million</i>

    Not too shabby for a console that was launched a year later, and cost $200 more. I believe the Blu-Ray capability helped somewhat. Remember Microsoft offered a HD-DVD drive for $200 (for the xbox 360) when the PS 3 launched.
    Rick_K